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Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

The BEST oven-roasted cauliflower and it’s so easy. The flavor and texture are perfect with just some simple seasoning, oil, and butter.

Roasted caulilfower florets on a baking sheet topped with fresh chopped greens.

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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

This baked cauliflower recipe is a go-to side dish like Corn on the Cob and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It’s a dish you’ll make over and over.

This oven-roasted cauliflower is easy and excellent. The combination of butter and olive oil caramelizes the florets and they are baked to crisp-tender perfection. The best thing about this recipe is that you can customize the seasoning with what you have on hand with great results.

The Best Seasoning for Cauliflower

Cauliflower goes well with just about any seasoning. Even a simple salt and pepper seasoning works well. These are the seasonings we love most:

  • Salt – we love fine sea salt
  • Black Pepper – freshly cracked
  • Garlic Powder – or try garlic salt
  • Paprika – adds color and flavor (a little goes a long way)

Can I add cheese? we love to add cheese to cauliflower. Sprinkle cauliflower with 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking for a parmesan roasted cauliflower.

Sliced cauliflower steaks roasted in butter and seasoning on a baking sheet.

How to Roast Cauliflower

This roasted cauliflower recipe is so easy to make and uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup. 
  2. Slice the cauliflower into traditional florets or into flat cauliflower steaks.
  3. Seasoning- Add the cauliflower to the center of your baking sheet, drizzle with oil and butter, and toss to coat. Season the cauliflower and toss again then spread into a single layer.
  4. Bake cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, or until desired tenderness and golden at the edges. The baking time may vary depending on the size of your pieces.
Cauliflower florets on a baking sheet with a glass bowl of oil and another bowl of seasoning.

How to Slice Cauliflower into Steaks: Slice the cauliflower head into 4-5 wedges. Then, cut the wedges into even 1/2″ thick steaks and break them apart into bite-sized pieces. As they are roasted, the flat sides caramelize against the baking sheet adding a depth of flavor. It also results in evenly browned pieces.

How Long to Bake Cauliflower?

The bake time for roasted cauliflower will depend on the size, thickness, and desired doneness of your pieces.

  • Smaller pieces – you only need about 15-20 minutes.
  • Larger florets – bake 20-25 minutes. Until the cauliflower is caramelized and golden.
Collage of how to season the cauliflower and how to roast the cauliflower florets.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Cooking cauliflower in an air fryer is quick and easy. When air frying, I skip the butter and just use 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Air fry cauliflower at 375˚ for 10-15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes, until golden and tender.

Air Fryer cauliflower

Make-Ahead

  • Meal Prep – you can pre-chop your cauliflower a few days ahead, cover and refrigerate then add seasoning before roasting.
  • Refrigerate – once cooled to room temperature, you can cover and refrigerate leftover roasted cauliflower for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating – You can reheat the cauliflower on the stovetop, oven, or air fryer just until heated through.

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

4.96 from 46 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Roasted Cauliflower baked

The most delicious oven-roasted cauliflower recipe that will become your go-to side dish. Cauliflower florets drizzled in oil and butter and seasoned to perfection.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Keyword: baked cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 100
Servings: 6 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower, sliced in small florets, or 1/2" thick steaks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Slice the head of cauliflower into 1/2" thick steaks, breaking up wedges into even, bite-sized pieces.

  3. Add the cauliflower to the center of the baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and melted butter and toss to combine.

  4. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper for the seasoning. Sprinkle onto caulliflower and toss to evenly coat.

  5. Spread the cauliflower evenly on the baking sheet and bake at 425˚F for 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower reaches desired crispiness.

Recipe Notes

Bake time will slightly vary depending on the side of your florets or slices.
You may substitute the butter for oil if you don’t want to use any butter.

Nutrition Facts
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Barbara
    October 17, 2021

    So simple and sooooo yummy! I will definitely be making this again. I used Amish Roll Butter and it added great flavor. Thank you Natasha – I’ll go looking for more of your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      You’re welcome, Barbara! Happy to know that you enjoyed this recipe.

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  • Becky Blackburn
    October 4, 2021

    If you are scrolling through recipes to try to find something easy, quick and delicious to do with your cauliflower then I would stop here. My kids both went back for seconds, even my cauliflower averse husband liked it. Definitely a keeper for us. Thanks so much!!

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  • Melissa B
    September 17, 2021

    I found this recipe way too bland. I had to come back and season again after roasting. I suggest doubling the spices/salt.

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    • Natasha
      September 17, 2021

      Hi Melissa, if using a large cauliflower, you would definitely need more seasoning or season to taste.

      Reply

  • Irina
    September 14, 2021

    I always make this, and a few months ago, when we dined at one of NYC restaurants, there was cauliflower with turmeric. I then recreated the dish at home, adding a bit of cumin as well, and the taste was just amazing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Irina!

      Reply

  • Annie Bee
    September 9, 2021

    This was so easy and absolutely beautiful to behold and delicious. I made a blue cheese dip to accompany.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Annie!

      Reply

  • Nadia
    September 8, 2021

    Good recipe! I combined everything in bowl, and added some roasted sesame oil for a little extra taste. As it came out of the oven, I sprinkled a very thin layer of Parmesan cheese on it and it turned out great!
    Easy weekday cook!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 8, 2021

      Yum! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Nadia! Thank you for your great review!

      Reply

  • Lori
    August 23, 2021

    What is the Serving size? Your nutritional value says 100 calories per serving size but you never say the serving size.

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    • Lori
      August 23, 2021

      And mine came out deliciously crispy (although I added just a little bit of gluten free breadcrumbs as a cheat 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2021

      Hi Lori, The serving size can be found at the beginning of the print-friendly recipe card (located at the bottom of the recipe post). The nutrition label shows counts “per serving.” This recipe serves 6 people. So 1/6th of the recipe is a serving. Hope that helps!

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  • Gregory Zamets
    August 18, 2021

    I tried the recipe to the letter. Although I used salted butter, so I would in the future add less salt to the concoction. I have read some reviews that indicated the veggies were somewhat soggy. My solution was to remove the veg after about 20 minutes roasting, grate parmesan cheese, then place the baking pan under the broiler for 3 or 4 minutes to crisp. The result was absolutely superb!!!!!!! Thank You Natasha../…

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2021

      I’m glad that worked out for you, Gregory! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Dawn
    August 15, 2021

    Cauliflower is roasting in the oven now and it looks and smells fantastic … can’t wait to enjoy with dinner. Will respond once we have tasted it as well.
    Easy and beautiful caramelized color developing. Love your idea of half butter and half olive oil. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2021

      I’m sure you’re excited about the taste test! Please update us on how it goes, Dawn.

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    • Dawn
      August 16, 2021

      Turned out wonderfully! Delicious. Mine turned out a little soggy – not quite as crispy as hoped but I believe this is due to using too much butter+oil for the amount of cauliflower (used a smaller sized head). Will adjust next time.

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        August 16, 2021

        That could be the case, hopefully, it will be perfect next time. Thanks for your review, Dawn!

        Reply

  • Susan Juneau
    August 13, 2021

    My dinner plan is, grilled salmon with oven roasted cauliflower, carrots and mushrooms.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      Yum! That sounds like a delicious and amazing dinner! I hope you loved it all!

      Reply

  • Pat757
    August 9, 2021

    I followed the recipe almost exactly tonight, and the cauliflower tasted great! The only change I made was that I microwaved the raw cauliflower steaks for 3 minutes on high, then let them sit until I was ready to roast them. I did this because I was concerned about them drying out too much at the high temperature. I added some cheese to half the batch, but I really liked them better without cheese. The texture was great. I did leave them in for 35 minutes rather than 25. Thanks for the tips on roasting fresh cauliflower.

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    • Pat757
      August 9, 2021

      I forgot to mention that the cauliflower tasted so close to roasted potatoes, I’ve never achieved that before. The texture was so good!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        August 9, 2021

        That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Pat! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Jeanie
    July 26, 2021

    A fantastic recipe and so easy. When my husband tried it, he wanted to know if I made more. Making it tonight to add to our salad.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      Sounds perfect, thanks for your great review! I’m you glad you both enjoyed this recipe, Jeanie!

      Reply

  • Gabi
    June 29, 2021

    This is such a great recipe! My husband and I both loved it. Instead of plain salt, I used some Smoked Cheddar Salt that I had on hand which got me into cheese mode… so I topped it off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 29, 2021

      Hello Gabi, thank you for your wonderful comments and feedback. I’m happy to hear that you and your husband loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • Faye
    June 3, 2021

    Any chance you have made this in an air fryer and, if so, what temp and time. Thanks. Love your videos and recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2021

      Hi Faye, I haven’t tested it in an air fryer, we roasted this recipe, but if you’re using an Air Fryer, there should be an air fry setting – I’d love to know how you like this recipe.

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  • Mary J Robbins
    May 7, 2021

    This is the only way I will prepare cauliflower from now on. It’s a challenge to find vegetable recipes my grandchildren love, but they sure love this one and so do I!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 7, 2021

      That’s so awesome! I’m glad you found a new favorite method, Mary!

      Reply

  • Rachel B.
    April 26, 2021

    Delicious! Made it between meetings while working from home. It was the perfect snack. Thanks for always providing great recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2021

      Hello Rachel, you are very welcome! I’m glad you loved it, thanks for your good comments and feedback!

      Reply

  • Win
    April 16, 2021

    If I use my air fryer for the cauliflower, do I use roast or bake?
    Thanks. I would like to try it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 16, 2021

      Hi Win, we roasted this recipe, but if you’re using an Air Fryer, there should be an air fry setting.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    April 12, 2021

    Delicious, my kids said they don’t like cauliflower but when they tried this they wanted more 😋

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • annette
    March 26, 2021

    Loved this, your recipes are so easy to follow, love your videos, will be doing your velvet cake for Easter, cant wait. Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback, Annette! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Martha
    March 19, 2021

    You’re right, my new favorite roasted cauliflower recipe! The combination of olive oil and “butter” made it really special. I did use vegan butter instead of real butter and it tasted great. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Ildi
    March 6, 2021

    Just took a bite!
    Mmmm…
    This is yummy 😋
    Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 7, 2021

      You are very welcome, I’m glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • jojo
    March 5, 2021

    i want recipes and also food that make s it a meal, meat plaua side dishes

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  • Helen
    March 4, 2021

    Natasha you are the best enjoying your shows

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2021

      Aww, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Helen!

      Reply

  • Helen
    March 4, 2021

    Your recipes are absolutely helpful in making my decision for the next meal keep them coming

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for this wonderful comment!

      Reply

  • Annette
    March 3, 2021

    Making this tonight, its my side to go along with my meatloaf.
    Supper is going to be good tonight!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2021

      Yum! That sounds like the perfect dinner! I’m so glad you enjoyed that.

      Reply

  • Carol
    February 28, 2021

    Thank you, Natasha! This cauliflower recipe is terrific. I recently found you on FaceBook and am mesmerized by your videos. They are always so fun!
    Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      You are very welcome, Carol. Thank you too for your support, I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes!

      Reply

  • Theresa
    February 28, 2021

    Thank you for the great recipes for vegetables love your recipes

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      You are very welcome, Theresa!

      Reply

  • Colette Cameron
    February 27, 2021

    Looks amazing! Thank you! I live your recipes! I think I might have to make this tonight. Now to go thru your recipes to see what to have with it. 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2021

      It is so good! I can’t wait for you to try it!

      Reply

  • Donald j Mcnamara
    February 27, 2021

    I made this and it was awesome! I added a little cheese and it was great!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Chocha
    February 26, 2021

    Excellent! Perfect! I threw in asparagus and some shredded cheddar as well.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2021

      Yum! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Connie
    February 24, 2021

    Thanks Natasha for posting this. I’ve been fixing cauliflower like this for some time now and it’s always tasty and easy. Just the kind of recipe I like esp. on busy days!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2021

      Thank you for sharing that, Connie!

      Reply

  • Mary
    February 24, 2021

    Can I eliminate the butter and not substitute more oil? Trying to cut down on the fat content.

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    • Natasha
      February 24, 2021

      Hi Mary, yes that would still work great to make it lower fat.

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  • Sanya
    February 23, 2021

    Actually made this for lunch. Ate too much. It is very good.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Jan
    February 23, 2021

    Can I use this with broccoli as well, or is it only good for cauliflower?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Hello Jan, I haven’t really tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Tiana
    February 23, 2021

    Hello! I would love to try this! When I roast cauliflower I usually season it with lemon, parsley, and capers. So good, i strongly suggest you try it! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Yum! That sounds amazing, Tiana! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Vladimir
    February 23, 2021

    Wow! Thanks for the recipe. Please share more. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      You’re welcome! I hope you give this one a try!

      Reply

  • Andrea Thueson
    February 23, 2021

    This was such a rich twist on roasted cauliflower. The butter made it sooo good!

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    • Natasha
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved it! Yeah the butter is optional but definitely nice!

      Reply

  • Beth
    February 23, 2021

    Yummy! This looks so delicious and I’m so glad I found this! I can’t wait to give this a try! So excited!

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  • Trang
    February 23, 2021

    My son has a hard time eating veggies but he doesn’t mind when they are roasted! I’m so glad I found this recipe since this is how he’ll eat his cauliflower!

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    • Natasha
      February 23, 2021

      Wonderful! I’m so glad your son loved the roasted cauliflower.

      Reply

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